AIKEN, S.C. – Carteret resident Bridgette Quimpo, New Jersey City University’s head softball coach, was recently honored by the University of South Carolina Aiken with selection to that school’s 2000-10 Softball All-Decade Team at catcher.
The picks were made by long-time USC Aiken head coach Jerry Snyder. The team features 15 student-athletes, including three pitchers and three designated players.
“I’m humbled being picked with so many phenomenal athletes that have come through the program,” said Quimpo. “It’s rewarding to know your hard work was appreciated.”
In a four-year career for USC Aiken from 1998-2001, Quimpo was a force to be reckoned with. She was named team MVP as a senior in 2001, and Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the Big Blue Classic Tournament after finishing the season with a 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate. At catcher, she led the Peach Belt Conference in fewest steals allowed and was the Pacers’ leader in RBIs in three consecutive years (1999-2001).
Quimpo finished her collegiate career batting .281 (160-569) in 204 career games (192 starts) with 92 RBIs, 75 runs, 24 doubles, nine triples, and two homeruns, and racked up 208 total bases for a career .366 slugging percentage. On the bases, she was successful in 26 of 30 steal chances. Behind the plate, she committed only 12 errors in four years, for a .976 fielding percentage that increased every year of her career.
A decade after completing her collegiate career, she still ranks in the Top 10 in school history in hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and walks.
After finishing her career at USC Aiken, Quimpo was invited to try out for the United States national team in 2002. She also earned First-Team All-America honors as a catcher in 2004 and 2006 in the Amateur Softball Association Women’s Major Fast Pitch League.
In her head coaching career at NJCU, Quimpo has developed seven All-New Jersey Athletic Conference players—three first-team and four second-team selections—including the 2010 NJAC Rookie of the Year. The softball program owns among the highest cumulative grade point averages and graduation rates of all athletic teams at NJCU and the Knights have had nine selections to the Academic All-NJAC squad during her tenure.
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